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Real Estate Secrecy and School Scams

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In certain areas of Texas, home sale prices are being kept secret, reports the Dallas Morning News. Five states -- Texas, Kansas, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming -- do not require prices to be disclosed, which can skew data that real estate agents, appraisers and economists use to track the housing market.

Also, for-profit schools are taking advantage of Michigan's growing number of unemployed workers, according to a Detroit Free Press investigation. "Students have paid thousands of tuition dollars to walk away with nothing," the paper reports. Michigan's unemployment rate reached 14.1 percent in May.

Karen Weise

Karen Weise was an intern at ProPublica and a recipient of the Mark Felt Scholarship for Investigative Reporting at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

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